Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has dismissed talk that Tuesday's meeting with Borussia Dortmund could decide who wins the Bundesliga title.
Bayern currently sit top of the league table, four points clear of Dortmund, so Tuesday's iteration of Der Klassiker will go a long way to dictating the final standings.
However, Flick was adamant after Saturday's win against Eintracht Frankfurt (via the club's official website) that he wants his side to see the match as just another game as there is far too much football left to play to get caught up in title talk just yet.
"We hope Tuesday's match will be attractive," he said. "Nothing will be decided after that, no matter what the result. The league is very balanced, especially at the top, with attractive football."
There are currently seven games left to play this season, so Flick is right to state that nothing will be decided. However, if his side emerged victorious and extended their lead to seven points, it would be hard to see Dortmund catching up.
That being said, Bayern's remaining fixtures are by no means guaranteed wins. They must face Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, who are both in the current top five, while sixth-placed Freiburg and seventh-placed Wolfsburg are both still to come.
Bayern will come into the game on the back of a 5-2 win over Frankfurt, which Thomas Müller insisted proved just how much the Bavarians want to win the title.
"It was an absolutely crucial Bundesliga match for us," he said. "We wanted to follow suit after Dortmund's victory.
"Hats off to the team, we displayed a certain doggedness. We must push to our limits. We did that quite well. The two goals we conceded don't look so good of course, but taken altogether our performance was pretty good.
"Against Dortmund we'll show we can play with an extreme amount of passion, even without spectators. It's a crucial week for us. We've set out to achieve three victories. We're marching on. Dortmund are marching on. We have reason to look forward to Tuesday. We want the title in Munich, where it belongs."